3 Jan 2009

Former league turned rugby player appears in English court

11:24 am on 3 January 2009

The former New Zealand rugby league test player Lesley Vainikolo has appeared in court in England charged with causing grievous bodily harm, following an incident in which a man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

The 29-year-old former Canberra Raiders player, who plays for Gloucester after coverting to rugby union, was arrested after the incident outside a nightclub in Bath, in October.

In a short hearing at Bath Magistrates' Court, he spoke only to confirm his name.

The case has sent to Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on January 13.